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    June 27, 2004


    Source: Champion Racing

    LEXINGTON, OH. (June 27, 2004) – Local Ohio resident and Defending Mid-Ohio
    Champion Michael Galati thrilled his hometown crowd by leading the SPEED World
    Challenge GT race from pole to podium today at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

    Michael’s record breaking qualifying time (1:27.956) put he and his teammate
    Randy Pobst (grid 2nd) in prime position to dominate today’s race. It was
    “follow the leader” as the pair of Audi RS 6 “Competition” cars maneuvered the
    13-turn, 2.258-mile track. Several incidents throughout the scheduled
    50-minute race shortened race time to only 41 minutes (24 laps).

    Randy Pobst, driving the No. 1 Audi Certified pre-owned Audi RS 6, set the
    fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:29.647. While the third place car of
    John Heinricy driving a Cadillac CTS-V caught up to Pobst during several
    caution periods, it was the power of the 4.2 liter, V8, bi-turbo engine coupled
    with Audi’s quattro, all-wheel traction that helped to keep him and Galati’s
    No. 2 RS 6 up front.

    The SPEED World Challenge series next heads west to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma California for round four, July 16-18.

    Michael Galati (Olmstead, OH). “I’m so happy for the Certified pre-owned
    people, Champion Racing and Rod Bymaster. This team never quits. Last year
    was a disastrous year for me so coming back like this is great. I never give
    up and more importantly, I never follow!”

    Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA). “I think Mid-Ohio is an Audi Certified
    Pre-owned race track. Both our cars were perfect today. I personally want to
    thank my crew chief, James, for all his hard work. My RS 6 was fast today! I
    had that Cadillac breathing down my neck all race. It was a great battle and I
    congratulate Michael on his win.”

    Louis Milone (RS 6 Team Leader). “Our cars were hooked up today. The race
    ending early caught us off guard. Our cars were just getting to the point
    where they were starting to get loose. The tire situation was kind of brutal.
    We were at the critical point so the race being cut short was our ace in the
    hole today.”

    Michael Diol (Audi Certified Pre-owned Promotions Manager). “This was
    unbelievable today. It was great to see a finish like that, to see our
    Certified Pre-owned cars finish one and two. I know it was cut short today but
    it was still just so exciting. I cannot say how much I loved being here and
    seeing us win like that.”

    1) Michael Galati/N. Olmsted/OH Audi RS 6

    2) Randy Pobst/Gainesville/GA Audi RS 6

    3) John Heinricy/Holly/MI Cadillac CTS-V

    4) Tommy Archer/Duluth/MN Viper CompCoupe

    5) Lou Gigliotti/Dallas/TX Corvette ZO6

    Margin of Victory: 00.249 Seconds

    Fastest Race Lap: Car #1 Randy Pobst 1:29.647 (90.675 MPH)




     
     
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